On October 16, ISI ltd. and Gakkyūsha ltd. have signed a business partnership agreement for the establishment and joint management of a new cram school, with the aim to better meet the needs of foreign students, who are coming to Japan in ever-growing numbers to attend art schools.
With this partnership, both parties agree to commit themselves to the creation of a top-class cram school, that will provide comprehensive support to foreign students who need assistance with the preparation of their AS. entrance examinations. As the most prominent language school in Japan, ISI will oversee the teaching of Japanese, so that students will acquire the language level required to pass the entrance examinations of Japanese AS. Gakkyūsha will utilize its vast know-how, acquired through many years of activity in the cram school market, to provide the students with a thorough tutoring programme and specific guidance for entrance examinations.
The new school will open in April 2020 at ISI Takadanobaba Campus as “ena Shinbi・ISI Campus”. A total of 180 students are expected attend the school every year.
From the planning of marketing strategies to the organization and structure of the courses, both parties have cooperated closely, in order to better address the new challenges in the field of education, posed by an increasingly globalized market that appears to be leaning towards a further diversification and customization of the educational offer provided by cram schools all across the Country. Both parties expect that the activity of their new school, through which they hope to bring their expertise in the market of cram schools for foreign students, will help them to consolidate their presence as key actors in the field of global education.
In the future, both parties are planning on strengthening their cooperation by sharing their know-how, in order to better accommodate the needs of foreign students and provide them with a valid career counseling service.
◆ena Shinbi ［Gakkyūsha ltd.］
Founded in 1970, ena Shinbi is a cram school for students who aim to pass the entrance examinations for Japanese AS. With its four campuses, it boasts a long track record of impressive accomplishments: for seven years it has been the school with the highest number of students to pass the entrance examinations of Japanese AS. on their first attempt; and, in the last 25 years, it has been for 22 times the school with the highest number of students to pass the entrance examination for Tokyo University of Fine Arts (Tokyo Geijutsu Daigaku), one of top Japanese AS.
Extremely competent teachers, all graduated from top AS, are ena Shinbi’s forte. They will help students to cultivate their talents and pass the entrance examinations, thanks to a thorough counseling program consisting of individual lessons, completely tailored to the needs of the pupils.
 Henceforth: “ISI”. Head Office: Toshima–ku, Tokyo Managing Director: Masaaki Ogino.
 Henceforth: “Gakkyūhsa”. Head Office: Shibuya–ku, Tokyo Managing Director: Shin’ichi Kawabata.
 Henceforth: “AS.”.
 Former “Shinjuku Academy of Fine Arts” (Shinjuku Bijutsu Gakuin).
 Shinjuku, Shibuya, Akihabara and Kunitachi